December on the Cheap! 2019

Holiday Fair in the Square

The Holidays are here! We've rounded up the best ways to enjoy our city during the "most wonderful time of the year" at no cost or on the cheap!

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


Evergreen's Winter Village
November 30, 2019 to December 22, 2019
Celebrate the holidays in a reimagined historic brick factory at Evergreen Brick Works. Skate on the picturesque outdoor skating rink, shop local craft goods at the Holiday Market, listen to live music and end your stay with tasty and toasty eats and drinks. Free admission. More

Sunday FUNday - The Victorian Home at Christmas
December 1, 2019
See just how different life was for families around a Victorian home, especially at Christmas! Explore roles of the family, tools and gadgets that made their life easier and how the Victorians decorated their homes for the holidays. At the Oshawa Museum. More

Rouge Park Guided Walks
December 1, 2019 to December 29, 2019
Join us to discover the park's natural, cultural and agricultural stories with our friendly and fun Parks Canada volunteer leaders and staff. We have something for everyone, if you are looking for wildlife sightings, quiet nature walks, discovering the past, fitness challenges or just to meet new people! Free admission. More

Holiday Market at Montgomery’s Inn
December 4, 2019 and December 18, 2019
Join the vendors of the farmers’ market along with special local artisans in this special edition of the Inn’s Wednesday market. Shop for unique gifts while cozying up in front of the Inn’s fireplace, sip mulled cider and buy a gingerbread man from the winter witch! Free admission. More

CBC Kids At Sounds Of The Season
December 6, 2019
Sounds of the Season is a FREE, charitable event in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Bring your non-perishable food items and visit CBC Toronto for Family Time between 10:00am-2:00pm. You can watch LIVE! performances, visit Studio K, take part in crafts and activities and meet some of your favourite CBC Kids stars! More

Cineplex Community Day
December 7, 2019
Cineplex Entertainment will be hosting its 7th annual Community Day on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Families across Canada are invited to a morning of free movies at their local Cineplex theatre, with all donations and concession sales supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Canada. No tickets are required. Featured movies are A Christmas Story, Elf, Gremlins, Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
December 7, 2019
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. Free. More

Holiday Fair in the Square
December  7, 2019 to December  23, 2019
In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 7th – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is a new favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Free. More

Light Up The Holidays
December 7, 2019
Every year in Fairbank Village, we light up the holidays in true family style! We offer free snacks, drinks, and family fun! Free. More

Home for the Holidays at Bradley Museum
December 7, 2019 to December 8, 2019
Celebrate the festive holiday season at the Bradley Museum! Learn about the past Christmas traditions of early settlers in the 1800s and enjoy the many ways communities in Mississauga celebrate holidays at this time of year. Also offers pet and family photos with Santa. Free admission with a donation of food or winter clothing. More

SWEA - Toronto’s Swedish Christmas Fair
December 7, 2019 to December 8, 2019
The SWEA Toronto’s Christmas Fair has moved! This year marks the 39th annual Christmas fair in Toronto and you can find us at the spacious venue, Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. Lots of excitement awaits with fun for the whole family, food, traditional performances and a market overflowing with arts and crafts. Free admission. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
December 8, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. December 's workshop is: We Are The Stars. In this workshop, kids will collectively create an alternate universe on black paper using paint, tin foil, plastic wrap, tape, and marbles. More

Festival of Cool: The Arctic at Harbourfront
December 10, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Harbourfront Centre brings the ‘cool’ back to Toronto this season with the second edition of the Festival of Cool, spotlighting an area that evokes both fascination and adversity –the Arctic. The majority of the Festival of Cool’s programming is FREE to attend. More

Vaughan Christmas Market
December 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019
A recreation of the festive and warm atmosphere of the major European Christmas markets, in the magical setting of Revel Park. Extraordinary foods, original gift ideas and local products, free activities for children, Christmas music and choirs; everything is here to immerse you in the magic of the holidays! Free admission. More

Cineplex Family Favourites
December 14, 2019
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family. More

Withrow's Winter Market
December 21, 2019 to December 22, 2019
Locally handcrafted goods, artisanal foods & local farmers: the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and delicious holiday treats! Free admission. More

Boxing Day At The Toronto Zoo
December 26, 2019
Guests receive 50% off zoo admission all day. Proceeds go towards supporting the Toronto Zoo’s Endangered Species Fund. Don’t forget to bring your old phones for the Phone Apes Program. More


Santa Claus Parades
Various Dates in December
Santa is coming to town! It's time to dig up your jingle bells and festive decor − the holidays are just around the corner. Find Santa Claus Parades coming to the GTA. More

Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. More

Among All These Tundras (Family Kit Activity)
Until December 7, 2019
Looking for something to do with the kids in the city? Bring the family to Onsite Gallery, OCAD University! We're happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition, ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras. Free admission. More

Google Nest Presents Legends of Arendelle at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
Until December 8, 2019
To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and help you catch up with what’s been happening in Arendelle as Disney’s “Frozen 2” hits theaters, Google is bringing an interactive experience powered by Google Nest Mini to CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Free admission. More

Library Story Time at Toronto Botanical Garden
Until December 9, 2019
Drop in to the Weston Family Library for nature stories and songs. Mondays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. FREE! No registration required. More

Toronto Christmas Market
Until December 22, 2019
The magic of the Christmas season returns to Toronto, November 14 to December 22, with the 10th annual Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District. Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world! Free admission during the week. More

facingNORTH Indigenous Art Exhibition at Vaughan City Hall
Until December 24, 2019
To highlight the history and heritage of Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples, the City of Vaughan is displaying a curated exhibition of Inuit art for the community titled facingNORTH: art | symbol | story. Free. More

Santa at the Eaton Centre
Until December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 3 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More

Santa at the Fairview Mall
Until December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 4 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More

Santa at Markville Mall
Until December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 4 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Until December 31, 2019
Explore Evergreen Brick Works and discover new things about the site, its history and the Don Valley where we're located. You'll leave with a better sense of what this wonderful place is all about. Free. More

You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books for and about Young People with Disabilities
Until January 26, 2020
Annual family-focused exhibit highlighting “the best of the best” from The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Collection for Young People with Disabilities. This exhibit features books published around the world that are recognized for their exceptional content and design. Features Family Storytimes and Guided Tours. Free. More

Free Playground Access at Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play
Until January 31, 2020
Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation. Attend during the weekdays from 10am to 5pm, for FREE Playground entry, with a donation of $2, $5, or $10. More

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Until March 2020
The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for over 30 years. Best of all – skating is FREE! The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More

3rd Tuesday Nights FREE at ROM
Until March 17, 2020
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Tuesday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries. More

Skate on the Square
Until March 20, 2020
The Celebration Square ice rink in Mississauga opens Saturday, November 23, 2019 and closes March 20, 2020. Free. More

More Free Events for December
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in December! Check back on this page as it will be updated or CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

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